14 of his fam­ily,

Par­ents, wife, two daugh­ters, three sis­ters, four neph­ews and two nieces killed

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

THANE: In un­prece­dented blood­let­ting that has left in­ves­ti­ga­tors and kin strug­gling to find a mo­tive, a 35-year-old man slaugh­tered 14 of his fam­ily, slit­ting their throats while they slept at home in Thane last night, be­fore killing him­self.

Has­nain An­war Warekar, who worked as a clerk for a char­tered ac­coun­tant in Navi Mum­bai, al­legedly mur­dered his par­ents, wife, two daugh­ters, three of his four sis­ters, four of his neph­ews and two of his nieces. He had in­vited his sis­ters and their chil­dren over for din­ner, at which the fam­ily feasted on ke­babs and other non­veg­e­tar­ian del­i­ca­cies. The po­lice sus­pect he may have laced their soft drinks with seda­tives.

The neigh­bour­hood, Kasar­ava­davli vil­lage on Ghod­bun­der Road, awoke to the screams of one of his sis­ters, Su­biya, 22, the only one to sur­vive.

“Bachao…bhaiyya ne sabko mar diya hai [Help …brother has killed all],” neigh­bours quoted her as scream­ing, be­fore they forced open a ground-floor win­dow of the two-storeyed house and pulled Su­biya out. She had fought off her brother and locked her­self in the room. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, well af­ter mid­night, Has­nain took a knife used for the rit­ual butcher­ing of an­i­mals and killed his fam­ily, one by one, be­fore hang­ing him­self from the stair­case rail­ings. “It is clear that Has­nain

killed the fam­ily mem­bers us­ing the same knife as there is a wit­ness [Su­biya]. The food sam­ples will be sent for chem­i­cal anal­y­sis,” Param­bir Singh, com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Thane, told HT.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

The house in Thane where the in­ci­dent took place; (inset) Has­nain Warekar.

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